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The MS-52C

JBL MS-52C Component System

Bring the Noise

MS-52C Speaker

The JBL MS-52C component system comes with two midwoofers, two tweeters and two crossovers. Each speaker can put out up to 160 watts of crisp, clean sound. The cast aluminum basket reduces vibrations for better sound quality.

  • Fiberglass laminate cones
  • Rubber speaker surround
  • Spring-loaded push terminals
  • MS-52C Tweeter

    Clear Highs

    Each MS-52C comes with two 1" tweeters to power the highs in your music. These tweeters feature an inverted dome made from titanium and produce clear highs without being too crisp. These tweeters are able to provide realistic, full-spectrum sound by both complementing bass output and overpowering any unwanted road noise. Advantages of inverted dome tweeters include:

  • Improved sound radiation patterns
  • Increased tweeter efficiency
  • Greatly improved sound control
  • MS-52C Crossover

    Seemless Circuitry

    The two 2-way external crossover filters come with 3-position tweeter level attenuation for even greater sound control. These high quality crossovers come with wire-wound resistors and durable polypropylene caps to protect the components from damage and contamination. Integrated tweeter and phase level controls give you precise control of crossover frequencies to suit either your personal taste or the acoustic qualities of your car.

    General Features:

    • 5-1/4" MS Series 2-Way Component System
    • Power Handling:
      • Peak: 320 watts per pair / 160 watts each
      • RMS: 160 watts per pair / 80 watts each
    • Fiberglass laminate cone material
    • Rubber speaker surround
    • 1" inverted Titanium Dome tweeter design
    • High-temperature voice coil is cooled by ventilation in the motor assembly
    • 2-way external crossover filter with 3-position tweeter level attenuation
    • Cast Aluminum basket reduces excessive vibrations that cause noise cancellation
    • Spring-loaded push terminals create a solid connection to the voice coils
    • 4 ohms impedance
    • Frequency response: 70-20,000 Hz
    • Top-mount depth: 2-1/16"
    • Sensitivity: 88dB
    • Authorized Internet Dealer
    • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

    Priced Per Complete Component System: 2 midwoofers, 2 tweeters and 2 crossover networks.

    Speaker Specifications

    This is the manufacturer product line of speakers.
    MS (JBL)
    Priced Per
    Car Speakers are typically sold in pairs so you will receive 2 speakers for each speaker purchase on speakers marked "Priced Per Pair". If a speaker is marked "Priced Per Each" then the speaker is sold individually and each purchase you make will result in 1 speaker. High-powered tweeters, midrange and full-range pro audio for car speakers are typically sold per each speaker.
    Speaker Size
    Refers to the size of the speaker measured in inches. Every vehicle has standard application sizes. Please use our vehicle fitment guide for your vehicle's specific speaker sizes if you do not know them.
    The number of individual drivers in a car speaker. Speakers with 2 drivers are known as a 2-way, and 3 drivers are known as a 3-way. Component systems are often referred to as "separates" because the tweeter is not attached to the midwoofer (main speaker driver) and mounts separately in a location such as a door post. Component systems typically come with an external crossover so you can easily adjust the high and low frequencies sent to both the midwoofer and the tweeter. Center channel speakers are great for those looking to have surround sound in their vehicle.
    2-way Component System
    Tweeter Design
    Designs such as cone, dome, semi-dome, balanced dome, and whizzer are most popular. Cone tweeters are simple, efficient and typically are the most reasonably priced. Dome tweeters are used in most home speakers, and provide a smoother and more accurate sound. Semi-dome design is one with a dome placed inside a cone. A Balanced dome driver is a semi-dome with equal reproduction area given the cone and dome portions of the driver. A whizzer tweeter is a separate tweeter cone driven by the voice coil of the woofer.
    Inverted Dome
    Tweeter Size
    Refers to the size of the tweeter. Typically, smaller tweeters produces less output with higher frequency response.
    Tweeter Composition
    Materials such as polypropylene, silk, cloth, and paper are the most common, where as many more recent tweeters are now manufactured with composites such as Aluminum, Titanium, Mylar, and other materials.

    PEI is an acronym for "Polyetherimide" which is an amorphous, amber transparent, high-performance thermoplastic.

    Woofer Composition
    Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
    Woofer Surround
    A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
    Peak Power Handling
    Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
    160 watts
    RMS Power Handling
    The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
    80 watts
    An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
    Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
    89 dB
    Frequency Response
    The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
    70 - 20000 Hz
    Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
    The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
    4 ohms
    Shallow Mount Installation
    This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

    Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

    Top-Mount Depth
    The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
    Bottom-Mount Depth
    The depth when installed from the bottom of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the top of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
    Cutout Dimensions
    Refers to the dimensions of the hole, measured in inches or millimeters, required to contain the speaker.
    4-3/4" x 4-3/4" 
    Hi-Res Audio Compatible
    This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.
    Speaker Grilles
    A grating or screen of metal or plastic bars or wires, mounted in front of a speaker as protection. If yes, the speakers will include matching speaker grilles. If no, there are no grilles included.
    Number of Speakers
    This is the number of speaker that is included in the package. Each purchase will result in receiving the number of speakers indicated here. Please note that some items will have multiple woofers in the same enclosure. For sets of component speakers, this number will refer to the number of sets of speakers (For example, 2 would indicate the purchase includes 2 woofers and 2 tweeters).

    Please refer to the product image and description for further details about the speaker.

    Warranty and Return Policy

    Parts Warranty Duration
    1 year
    Labor Warranty Duration
    1 year
    Warranty Provider

    Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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    May 1, 2014

    I just recently installed these 5 1/4" component speakers and the difference was noticeable immediately. Well designed and well built speakers, crossovers, and tweeters. I use these as mid-range/ upper range speakers with an amplified system pushing 75 watts rms and they have an incredible sound to them. If you know the feeling of wanting to sit in the car and actually listen to the rest of a song instead of going straight into the store then you understand how good they sound. There is some work required for installation but the reward is well worth the effort.

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    Love them.

    April 23, 2013

    I installed these in my Grand Prix half a year ago. They sound great, the handle mid range bass, mids and treble very well. They were pretty easy to install, they pair perfectly with the Kicker KS69's I put in the back.

    Would highly recommend these speakers, they will handle anything you throw them style wise.

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    Saint Charles, MO

    The Best You Can Get

    May 15, 2014

    Just received and install these today and they sound awesome right out of the box and they will only get better after the break in period. The mid bass is nice and deep for a 5 1/4 inch speaker and the tweeters set at -3 are not harsh at all, in fact they make me want to listen to every song in my ipod. I'm pushing 80w rms to each side which is the recommended amount of power. Bottom line is if you buy these or the 6.5 inch version, you will not regret it at all. This is the best set of speakers you can get for under $200.00, hell even $400.00. I would like to thank Sonic also for giving me a price so low that they could not post it on they're site (I had to call to get it) I won't name the price but it was LOW.

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    Indian Trail NC

    Incredible Budget Sound Quality set

    January 20, 2013

    This is a true sound quality component set. The tweeter is the superstar of the set. An astonishing delivery device of high frequency bliss is the best way to describe it. The mid is no slouch either. This component set seems to be relatively forgiving in terms of installation but with any install, great install makes great sound. My front stage install location is in my kick panels. I experienced an increase in stage width and depth after switching out from my 404GTI comps to these. I also experienced a decrease in output. The only negative, and I am not sure it really is one, is that these comps don't seem to be the most sensitive. These do not seem to be built for volume as much as for those looking for a true sound quality build.

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    Sonic Electronix Store
    It was listed at a very great price. I've always liked the quality of jbl. They sound great and would recommend on a entry level system.
    Samuel B on Feb 13, 2015
    good speakers low price
    SAMUEL G on Nov 21, 2014
    great deal
    george a on Dec 13, 2014
    Yan z on Oct 14, 2014

    I have that set of speaker for a couple of time now and i would like to by amp them but i can't fine the specs for the twetter...

    So if anybody has oder spec then the 60-20KHz (62c) from JBL??

    Thanks a lot for your time
    k d on Feb 4, 2015
    JBL MS-52C
    JBL MS-52C
    JBL MS-62C
    JBL MS-62C
    Best Answer: Hello,

    Your best approach is contacting JBL Technical Support, for accurate information and figures:

    Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Feb 4, 2015
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    Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

    Wiring Diagram Legend

    Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

    Product Name: JBL MS-52C